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UMMC cardiologist, dietitian earn early-career honors

Published on Monday, April 1, 2024

By: Gary Pettus, gpettus@umc.edu

Medical Center faculty and staff often are recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for their academic or medical achievements. These accolades place UMMC among health science centers worldwide.

Lemor named a top early-career interventional cardiologist

Portrait of Dr. Alejandro Lemor

Dr. Alejandro Lemor, assistant professor of medicine-cardiology at UMMC, has been selected as a 2024 “30 in Their 30s” honoree by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions.

The award recognizes early-career interventionalists who “epitomize the qualities expected of future leaders in interventional cardiology. Dedicated to their patients, these doctors demonstrate professional excellence in their clinical practice and exemplify the values of service and teamwork,” the SCAI website says.

“I’m honored to be selected by SCAI to receive this award,” Lemor said. “Early in my cardiology training, I’ve always tried to contribute to the field of interventional cardiology and be a leader and educator.

“I’m thankful for all the support I had from my mentors, and, of course, from my family.”   

Board-certified in interventional cardiology, general cardiology, echocardiography and internal medicine, Lemor joined the Medical Center in 2022.

“Dr. Lemor has been an excellent addition to our faculty,” said Dr. Michael McMullan, professor of medicine-cardiology and director of the Division of Cardiology at UMMC.

“He has trained with some of the top interventional cardiologists in the country and has brought expertise to our division in the area of complex coronary artery disease, especially in the area of CTO – chronic total occlusions. His recognition by SCAI is well-earned and well-deserved.” 

Lemor received the Doctor in Medicine degree in 2012 from Universidad de San Martin de Porres in Lima, Peru, where he also earned a Master in Science in Clinical Research. He did a residency in internal medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West Hospitals in New York City, followed by a cardiovascular disease fellowship and an interventional cardiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, where he was also chief fellow from 2020 to 2021.

He has held faculty positions at Harvard Medical School, Universidad de San Martin de Porres and at Coronary Artery & Myocardial Protected PCI (CAMP-PCI). He was part of the National Cardiogenic Shock Initiative, improving survival in patients with cardiogenic shock. Lemor received a research award and professional excellence award from Henry Ford Hospital.

SCAI award recipients are invited to the president’s reception for the SCAI 2024 Scientific Sessions scheduled for May 2-4 in Long Beach, California.


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Crocker is state’s 2024 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year

Portrait of Chelsey Crocker

The Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics named Chelsey Crocker, a Children’s of Mississippi registered dietitian serving patients in the neonatal intensive care unit, as Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year.

The award recognizes the activities and accomplishments of younger dietitians within the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year exemplifies excellence and a commitment to advancing the profession and role of the registered dietitian.

“Chelsey is in her first year here at Children’s of Mississippi and is already involved in so many activities,” said Shiloh Lancaster, manager of clinical nutrition and the NICU’s Nutrition Center. “She currently sees our smallest of patients, serving as a clinical dietitian in our NICU. She is also active in projects to improve breastfeeding rates among mothers of premature infants.”

Crocker, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, holds a Master of Science degree and is a licensed dietitian and registered dietitian nutritionist. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She will be recognized at the awards luncheon during the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference on April 5 in Hattiesburg.